Reach Peri-Natal Support Helpline Volunteering

Bristol MindLine and Mothers for Mothers are working together to deliver  a weekend out-of-hours extension to Mothers for Mothers’ existing helpline service, giving emotional support to women experiencing peri-natal/post-natal depression and their families.

We are keen to recruit people with lived experience of peri-natal/post-natal depression, either personally or as a family member.

Volunteers receive comprehensive training for the helpline and then work on a rota basis answering calls on Saturday and Sunday nights, 8pm-midnight.

Volunteers also have the opportunity to work on Bristol Mind’s existing general emotional support helpline service which operates Wed-Sun 8pm to midnight.

What we offer you

  • extensive, high quality training
  • be part of a lively team
  • regular supervision and support
  • travel expenses
  • the opportunity to develop your skills and build your knowledge

 What we expect from you

  • agree to work with us for at least a year
  • attend all the training sessions
  • work a four-hour shift each fortnight
  • receive supervision after you have worked on the helpline
  • attend volunteer meetings

Information on training to be a volunteer

We are now recruiting for new volunteers to start training at the end of February 2018.

This training will take place over 6 weeks, during which time there are five Monday all-day sessions (9:30am-5pm) and six Wednesday evening sessions (6:30pm-9pm). Prospective volunteers MUST be able to attend all of the training days and evening in order to be accepted onto the training. Carer’s costs will be refunded for those accepted onto training (see info pack for more information).

Our Information Pack for MindLine Volunteer Training gives a full outline of what you can expect from the training.

How to volunteer

Please refer to the instructions given in our Information Pack. If you are interested in training to be a Reach volunteer you must book to attend one of our introductory information sessions before you can apply to join the training.

If you wish to attend an information session please email with your name, contact details and the date of the session you wish to attend. Please do not just turn up for an information session, as space is limited and you may be turned away. It is advisable to book early as place

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